Now, here’s something I’ve been working on for A LONG TIME. In some ways, for a year. And in other ways, for two decades.
HighballTV: a streaming service that brings the film festival experience to you! It’s a hub to watch those undiscovered gems from film festivals that you’d otherwise never be able to find available after the initial festival run.
It’s something that I’ve been dreaming of for so very long, and we’re proud to be kicking it off in style by bringing the film festival favourite “The Drawer Boy” to theatres across Canada, and to audiences anywhere, on any screen on Highball.TV!
It’s a beautiful film based on Michael Healey’s seminal play by the same name, which is one of the most produced plays in North America. And of course, you can now rent, or by The Drawer Boy on Highball, or you can subscribe to Highball and watch The Drawer Boy along with dozens of other titles from the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and more!
It’s been an incredible 2017 already for Tactical Girls, and as if the film festival wins and HUGE viewership on Amazon Prime wasn’t enough, Melissa D’Agostino has won a 2017 Best Actress Canadian Screen Award for her incredible performance as Dougy!
“Who so ever asks me of my birth… I will tell them I am born of Irish Princes who ruled in Donegal a thousand years ago; that I am descended from the High Kings of Ireland, and my name is from the Clann ÓDochartaigh!”
My new comedy mini-series, “Tactical Girls” just wrapped secondary photography, and we’re closing in on our post-production goals. It’s wacky, it’s mad-cap, it’s hilariously crass and violent. If the three stooges were women who couldn’t stop swearing or breaking things, you’d have the Tactical Girls:
The Calgary Film Commission came by our set in the old planetarium to ask me, Lazlo Uhrik (Mocations Manager) and Roger LeBlanc (“Rogan”) some questions in between takes, so go Behind-The-Scenes of “Mutant World” and find out why we chose to shoot Calgary Alberta as a post-apocalyptic wasteland!
Fallout Asylum by its new, more SyFy Channel name, “Mutant World” airs on Saturday November 8th at 9pm on the SyFy channel! Be sure to check it out, and hit up the Mutant World Facebook page, give it a LIKE and you’ll be kept up with international air dates, behind-the-scenes goodies and news on how the sequels and series are going… because you KNOW I always write a story that leads to another story.
I’m no stranger to a long, cold night shoot. But, working with Nomadic Pictures, this is the first time I’ve had my characters lit by massive maxi-lights on two 80-foot condor cranes for key and kick light. And I’ve got to say it’s awesome.
Now, you don’t need this kind of light for every sort of night shoot –in Six Reasons Why, we sometimes worked with just firelight and a single kick light– but when you have an entire western town to illuminate, it sure does help move things along at a rapid pace while keeping every frame looking gorgeous.
Our warlock of a cinematographer, Neil Cervin, has conjured up some of the most stunning, beautiful, and terrifying images for Fallout Asylum, and I can’t wait for you to see just what I’m talking about when the first trailers and TV spots start to roll out in the fall!
In other news, my good friends in the Canadian band “Four Letter World”, will be providing the song for the ending credits of the film; I’ve heard it and it rocks all kinds.
Plenty more exciting news to come as we film with Ashanti this week, so keep an eye out for more goodies right here!
It’s been a pretty wild time, with weather giving us the gift of gorgeous snowfalls, and making us pay the price by having to shoot in -15 degrees. You can’t even pay for that kind of production value! Well, I guess James Cameron can…
Between doing some on-the-fly re-writes, running a camera, animating graphics, and supervising visual effects, I’ve actually had some time to do a bit of directing, if you believe it! And working with huge talents like the extraordinary DP Neil Cervin, and David Winning (he directed the Power Rangers sequel), it really is a dream team to have on board to bring this screenplay to life!
As of right now, IMDb is telling us that there’s a September 2014 release… so keep watching here, and keep your eyes peeled on Twitter for the #FalloutAsylum hashtag for updates from all of us!
*2014 UPDATE: Fallout Asylum has been retitled to “Mutant World”; that sounds more like a movie on the SyFy channel, right?
We go to lens on Fallout Asylum on Thursday, and I’ve spent the past week on location in Calgary with Nomadic Pictures, hard at work getting to a shooting script for the SyFy network.
With the reality setting in of which actor is playing which role, when they’re available and what locations we’ll have, it’s been a great process of collaborating with all the departments to be sure we’re making just the right movie for just the right tone and excitement on-screen at just the right price.
On this project so far I’ve had the chance to work along side folks from the props department on “Chronicles of Riddick”, as well as a bunch of folks who worked on Nolan’s new film, “Interstellar”, and at least two people who have worked on Power Rangers movies. Say what you will about Judi Dench acting in a Vin Diesel movie, this crew is pretty top-notch.
Keep your eyes here; there’s more to come about Fallout Asylum!
*2017 UPDATE: Six Day Road has a new life as a feature film, and it will be making some exciting moves very soon… so stay, tuned, and enjoy this sneak peek at this post-apocalyptic western drama.
“When two sworn enemies awaken in the snowy wreckage of an avalanche, their only hope for survival lies in reconciling their differences.”
This is a single episode of a 9-part Post-Apoclayptic Western series that plays in the same univierse as Six Reasons Why. I made it with some very talented folks: Melissa D’Agostino, Caden Douglas and Marco Timpano.